Harry Tincknell racing hectic schedule towards the end of 2013

Harry Tincknell racing Brands Hatch May 2013After securing fifth in the European Formula 3 standings, you might have thought Harry Tincknell would take a well-earned break. No such thought was on the rising star’s mind as he recently launched into a hectic schedule.

First up the British star was out of luck in the Macau Grand Prix despite showing very strong speed that should have put him among the leading contenders. You can read the full story here.

Next up Harry took on his debut in the MRF Challenge supporting the Indian Grand Prix before moving on a dream two-day test with the Audi DTM team at the Monteblanco circuit in Spain.
 
He was one of the eight young talents tested by the Ingolstadt manufacturer as it assesses potential stars of the future for the DTM – the German touring car series that is arguably the world’s most competitive series outside Formula 1. You can read the full Audi test story here.

Most recently, Harry Tincknell battled to a podium finish in the second round of the MRF Challenge supporting the Bahrain 6 Hours round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. You can read the full story here.

A lap of Monza with Harry Tincknell Racing

With Harry Tincknell in Monza for the start of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship which kicks off this weekend, we thought we’d share this short film from Harry’s team, Carlin Motorsport.

Harry takes us on a lap of the Monza circuit on the Carlin simulator.

 

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Harry Tincknell signs for European F3 Title Push

Harry Tincknell has extended his deal with multiple Championship winning team, Carlin Motorsport, for this season’s FIA European Formula 3 Championship. The five time Formula Three race winner will continue his relationship with the team and will be joined by Canadian racer Nicholas Latifi and British rookies Jann Mardenborough and Jordan King.

Harry-Tincknell-Racing-Macau-F3-GP-02Tincknell will make the move to Europe following his 5th place finish in the 2012 British International Series, claiming four victories and nine podium finishes. The Devon-based Tipton St John racer has already tasted success on the continent, following a famous victory at last year’s European Championship event at the Norisring, Germany. He went on to end the season with a 9th place finish at the Macau Grand Prix, regarded as the Formula Three World Championship.

Harry-Tincknell-at-the-Macau-F3-GP-03Looking forward to the season ahead, Tincknell said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to continue with Carlin Motorsport for the coming season. It will be the first time in my career where I have had the continuity of the same team and car for two years running and I aim to make the most of that. I learned a lot last year and have improved over the winter. I’m ready to mix it with the best guys in Europe and claim as many race wins as possible and hopefully the championship.”

Over the off season Tincknell has been put through a rigorous development program on a state of the art racing simulator in Holland, coupled with a demanding physical fitness schedule.

“I’ve been beating all the records in the simulator and I’ve been beating all my personal bests in the gym,” the 21 year old explained. “This is the most prepared that I have ever been and I can’t wait for pre-season testing to begin next week”.

Team boss Trevor Carlin commented: “I’m extremely pleased to have four such talented drivers with us for the season ahead. Harry makes an extremely welcome return to the team and his experience of F3 will be key. We have high hopes for him this season.”

Hard training and prep for Macau GP for Harry Tincknell

Following Harry’s recent intense training camp with Strakka Racing’s Nick Leventis and Stewart King, which was held in Phuket, Thailand, he was testing at Silverstone at the end of October in preparation for the Macau GP. Harry-Tincknell-Racing-Training

Harry Tincknell Racing Coordinator, Harry Soden, said: “The Silverstone testing went very well with the focus being on the Macau setup. The team had a lot of development parts to test over the two days. They were trying and testing lots of new ideas for the car. It was exciting stuff to watch.”

With the tough street circuit of the Macau GP on the horizon, Harry returned home for further hard training in preparation for the gruelling race.

“He also spent a day on the simulator with his engineer this week and will fly to  Macau on Friday to get acclimatised,” added Harry Soden.

“He’s feeling good. The Strakka Racing training camp got him into top condition with lots of CV and resistance work with two training sessions a day. We’re all set for Macau and really looking forward to it.”

You can watch a couple of clips of Harry at the recent training camp on the Harry Tincknell Racing You Tube channel.

Here’s one of Harry sprint training:

A brief history of the Macau Grand Prix

With Harry Tincknell racing this year’s Macau Grand Prix, we thought we’d bring you a brief history of the race. 

This year sees a superb 30-car line-up for 30th anniversary celebration of the 59th SJM Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix, since it became the biggest stage there is in international Formula 3 competition. While the Macau event has a rich history dating back 59 years, it was 1983 – exactly 30 years ago – that the race was first made specific for Formula 3.

In 1983 an up-and-coming young racing driver, Ayrton Senna, was the man to beat despite Senna-takes-the-Macau-GPonly racing Macau for the first time. The Brazilian went on to win his first Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix before graduating to Formula 1 and winning three world championships.

Gerhard Berger, who lost to Senna in 1983, has said since: “I still watch the results of it, because any guy who wins it in their first time there has to have something special…. If a guy goes first time to Macau and is quick and doesn’t have a material advantage then that means a lot for me.”

Famous winners

Famous winners of the race include Riccardo Patrese, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Ralf Schumacher and Takuma Sato.

First run in 1954

First run in October, 1954 as a club race for local motoring enthusiasts, the Macau Grand Prix has evolved into what many believe is the finest street circuit race meeting in the world. It is now widely considered to be the jewel in the Formula 3 crown.

And in 2012…Harry-Tincknell-Racing-Portrait

This year Harry Tincknell will race the Macau Grand Prix. Harry is listed at number 15 and will race for Fortec Motorsport, Dallara Mercedes, following his impressive 5th place overall in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series.

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Read about the recent Harry Tincknell Racing training camp

Training camp to keep Harry Tincknell sharp and focused

Harry Tincknell headed to Phuket, Thailand, yesterday for a small yet intense training camp with Strakka Racing’s Nick Leventis and Stewart King.

The training will encompass both CV and resistance work with two training sessions a Harry-Tincknell-Racing-Trainingday. It is designed to be varied and tough in order to boost fitness for the important latter part of the season, especially as testing at this time of year is prevalent.

With the tough street circuit of the Macau GP on the horizon, the training is designed to help Harry remain sharp and physically fit for such a demanding race.

Harry Tincknell Racing confirmed for F3 Macau GP

Following the F3 season finale, Harry has confirmed he will be entering the prestigious Macau Grand Prix on 16-18 November 2012, where he will be looking to add his name to a list of winners that includes multiple Formula One World Champions Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna.

Harry is to return to Fortec Motorsport for the Macau Grand Prix: “Every year Macau is Harry-Tincknell-Racing-Portraittough, but it’s a new [Fortec] car this year so that minimises the disadvantage. It’s very exciting to go with Fortec, especially as they seem very good on low-downforce tracks.”

Harry, who is mentored by Audi sportscar star Allan McNish, added: “Allan wanted me to go for the experience of doing it. He said it made him a better driver.”

Harry Tincknell racing the season’s final F3 rounds this weekend

The final rounds of the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series will take place at Donington Park, Leicestershire, this weekend (29-30 September 2012).

With the championship poised to go down to the wire it should be an exciting weekend all round.

Harry Tincknell currently stands in 6th position with 193 points. The leaders Jazeman Harry-Tincknell-RacingJaafar, Felix Serralles and Jack Harvey are currently on 282, 276 and 259 points respectively. Alex Lynn and Carlos Sainz are in joint 4th on 226.

For Harry this weekend is going to be about securing more podiums to cement his name as a rising star in motor racing. And with two podiums under his belt from the previous rounds at Silverstone, Harry is looking for more places at Donington and a great end to the season.

Coming off the back of Silverstone he commented: “That was one of the hardest races I’ve ever done. I am delighted I was able to maintain my position and so can come away from Silverstone with two podiums to my name. I am now looking forward to claiming more podium finishes at Donington Park.”

The whole Harry Tincknell Racing team is looking forward to the final rounds. C’mon Harry!

Harry Tincknell to benefit from Strakka driver development initiative

Here at Harry Tincknell Racing we’re all delighted that Harry is going to benefit from Strakka Racing’s announcement of a new initiative to assist drivers in their development.

Strakka Racing, a FIA World Endurance Championship outfit, announced last week that Harry-Tincknell-PortraitBritish F3 racer Harry Tincknell would be the first to benefit from the initiative.

Having sampled the Strakka Performance offering over three days at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, Harry commented:

“I’m in my second year of Formula 3 and looking to progress into something with more power, like World Series or GP2, and it’s really good to be able to come down to a top Grand Prix circuit like Barcelona and have as much time as I need to build up to speed as quickly or as slowly as I want to.

There is so much more time – on a race weekend I have two forty minute sessions and that’s it, but on Strakka Performance we’re out from 9am until 6pm and you’ve got a lot of time to come in, analyse the data, see where I can improve and go back out again – it’s not rushed like it would be on a normal test day when you have sessions. Plus you’re also free to make all your mistakes here in private and when you go to a race meeting you can put it all together and do a good job.”

Next stop Silverstone!

Following the summer break, the Harry Tincknell Racing team is now looking forward to rounds 25-27 of the 2012 Cooper Tires British Formula Three International Series.

Important dates for the coming month are:

  • Silverstone, Northamptonshire – 08/09 September (Rounds 25-27)
  •  Donington Park, Leicestershire – 29/30 September (Rounds 28-30)

So it’s back on home turf for Harry Tincknell and the team. If you’re travelling to watch the races, we look forward to seeing you there. If not you can always catch footage of Harry interviewed and practising at Silverstone in the following promo!